Jimmy Hayes' 'shocked' wife Kristen responds to cocaine autopsy find & says NHL star's drug battle 'doesn't define him'

THE grieving wife of late NHL star Jimmy Hayes has told of her "shock" after an autopsy found he'd died with cocaine and fentanyl in his system – and insisted his drug battle "does not define him".

The sportsman was found dead in his Milton, Massachusetts home on August 23 at the age of 31.

An autopsy was conducted two days after the former Boston Bruins star's death but the cause wasn’t revealed until Monday. 

Hayes died from “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine.”

The widow took to Instagram to share her thoughts as the news broke surrounding the circumstances of her husband’s death.

“Though we are shocked and heartbroken beyond words, I choose to remember my husband and the boys’ father by the enormous love and joy he brought to us and so many others,” she said.

Hayes said that her husband’s “battle” did not define him.

“I will still tell my boys every day to #belikejimmy,” the mother of two said.

She added that she hoped her husband’s story will impact those struggling with substance abuse.

Earlier, Kristen told The Boston Globe that she was “completely shocked.”

“I was so certain that it had nothing to do with drugs. I really thought it was a heart attack or anything that wasn’t that [drugs].”

The former right winger’s death caused an outpour of support and condolences to his family from many in the world of sports.

His former team the Chicago Blackhawks said in a statement: "His warm personality made an immediate impact in the locker room and with our fans."

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